Adult Education Topics
trainings listed in this section have been developed specifically for adult
educators and those who are teaching college level students with learning
problems. Many schools and literacy
programs invite their adult students to attend these trainings because they have
found that the students benefit greatly from hearing Dr. Cooper, who himself has
a learning problem, explain both the positive and negative aspects of learning
CA-305 Accommodating Adults Who Have Learning Disabilities:
This training session
provides participants with information about when and how to accommodate adults
who have documented learning disabilities.
The presenter incorporates his experience working with students and the
information from the recent research project on accommodating adults in adult
CA-362 Techniques for Teaching Adults Who Learn Differently:
This training provides
25 teaching principles that Dr. Cooper has found effective when working with
individuals with learning problems. Some examples of these techniques are breaking a task in to
smaller tasks, spaced repetition and reducing avoidance patterns.
CA-365 Techniques for Working With Adults Who Present
Significant Learning Challenges: This
training session will provide participants with various techniques for working
with adult learners who present significant learning challenges such as below
average intellectual ability, mental illness, and severe learning disabilities
as well as those individuals who have very poor educational preparation.
The presenter will discuss how to develop and use an individual education
plan for these students. Instruction
planning and delivery for various subjects will also be covered.
Part of the training will focus on how to motivate reluctant students and
those who do not want to work on all subject areas.
The final section of the training will cover techniques for evaluating
CA-370 Helping Adults with Learning Differences to Develop
Social and Life Skills: The same learning problems that impede the acquisition of
basic academic skills often result in difficulties in social interaction,
employment and other life skills. This
workshop will explore some of these difficulties, especially those that directly
impact adult education programs and job readiness skills.
Through an explanation of the causes of social and life skill
deficiencies, the participants will better understand how to help their students
reduce the impact of the social problems and develop strategies for coping with
employment and life in general.
CA-385 Counseling Adults with Learning Problems:
This training session
is designed for counselors and others who are interested in issues of
self-esteem in individuals with learning differences.
The presenter discusses the counseling techniques he has found useful
working with adults with varying degrees of learning problems and disabilities.
The trainer discusses the critical issue of communicating with
individuals who have weak vocabulary, non-sequential thought patterns and
CA-417 Learning Problems and English as a
Second Language: This training session for teachers of English as a Second
Language explains how learning problems can limit second language acquisition
and how to recognize if a student may need to be referred for further testing.
Techniques for helping students with minor learning problems
to learn English are also discussed.
CA-449 Weak Academic Skills:
students with weak
academic skills have learning problems; many reasons for weak academic skills
are detailed and put into perspective in this training.
Designed for college faculties, this training provides the participants
with concrete suggestions for helping students with weak academic skills improve
their skills and increase their chance of completing college.
CA-460 Study and Organizational Techniques
for Adults who Learn Differently:
training will provide the participants with practical and inexpensive study and
organizational tools and techniques that the presenter has found effective for
teaching adults who think and learn differently. Some of the study tools can enable students to take notes
more effectively; others provide students with systematic steps to organize
concepts and objects.
CA-461 Organization and Planning Tips for
You and Your Students: This training session
provides tips and techniques for becoming more efficient and effective
especially in academic settings. The
presenter will provide participants with a number of self-assessment tools to
determine how well one is focusing on important tasks, whether one is avoiding
important tasks, and how one is using time.
CA-462 Note Taking Techniques:
This training session provides the
participants with an understanding why note taking is so difficult for students
who learn differently. The
presenter will demonstrate note taking tools and techniques that he has found
useful for students who have various learning problems.
CA-464 Designing Adult Education Programs to Meet the Needs of
Adults with Learning Differences, Problems and Disabilities:
presentation will provide adult educators (administrators and teachers) with
ideas and techniques
for the establishment and operation of programs that meet the specific needs of
individuals who have learning problems of varying degrees.
The presentation will include information about recruitment, retention,
motivation, evaluation, equipment and curriculum for students who have minimal
learning problems and accommodations for those with severe problems.
Helping Students with Learning Differences Prepare for the GED Examination:
The presentation will provide participants with an assessment of how the GED
test will affect individuals with
learning differences. The presenter
will discuss how the changes in design of the GED test will present
challenges for adults who have learning differences. The participants will learn how to look for the red flags
commonly associated with learning differences that can make it difficult for an
individual to pass the GED exam. He
will discuss instructional techniques and approaches that can assist these
students to prepare for the test.
CA-466 Multi-level Classroom Techniques:
This training session uses the techniques taught in
the other training sessions and applies them to the multi-level classroom where
adults with a wide range of basic skills are grouped together.
Participants learn how to plan activities for students who range, in the
same classroom, from non-readers to those with post-secondary skills.
CA-520 Teaching Reading to Adults with Learning Problems:
Literacy teachers and
tutors report that this training provides them with many practical ideas for
teaching individuals with reading problems from the non-reader to the reader
CA-523 Helping Adults to Improve Reading Comprehension:
describes the reasons why many adults who possess basic literacy skills continue
to have difficulty with reading comprehension.
Techniques for improving reading comprehension will be explained and
CA-525 Vocabulary Development for Adults with Learning
Problems: Vocabulary development is critical for academic success.
This training presents techniques for vocabulary development to aid oral
communication, reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
The presenter explains techniques to assist adults engage in systematic
and regular self-study of vocabulary.
Instructional Techniques for Adults with Weak Writing Skills:
This presentation will provide
the participants with techniques that the presenter has found helpful in
teaching writing skills to adults who have poor written language skills.
The focus of this presentation is techniques for helping adult learners
understand the structure of language, expressing ideas, and techniques for
motivating writing activities. Participants
will experiment with the various techniques in an interactive workshop that
helps learners to develop their ideas and organize their thoughts.
Strategies for motivating reluctant writers to write more will also be
CA-532 Teaching Spelling and Writing to Adults with Learning
Problems: This training session provides alternative techniques
for teaching spelling and writing to individuals with language based learning
problems. Participants take part in
an exercise that demonstrates the frustration individuals who have learning
problems experience when trying to write.
CA-642 Teaching Adults with Low Level Literacy and Numeracy
Skills: This training
session is designed for adult educators and literacy tutors who are working with
adults who have very low level reading and math ability.
The techniques described in this training are similar to those described
in other training sessions. The
difference is how to adapt them to the low level students.
The training will include discussion of setting realistic goals for
student progress and helping students set their own realistic goals.
CA-645 Teaching Reading, Writing and Math to Adults with
Learning Problems: This training session provides an overview of alternative
techniques for teaching reading, writing and math to individuals with learning
problems. Participants learn how to
assist students who have problems with language development because of auditory
perception and processing problems. The
section on math outlines ways to help students improve their computation and
problem solving skills.
New Training also available
Structured Learning for the Unstructured
Using Newspaper and Magazines for Helping Low Level Adults Improve Reading and Numeracy Skills
Using the Internet with Low Level Readers.
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